Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley’s long, arduous journey back from shoulder surgery is almost complete. He was back at practice with the squad today. Per CSNNE: “When the Boston Celtics arrived at the United Center for today’s practice, Avery Bradley was one of the first to enter the court area. That’s not surprising when you consider he was just moments away from practicing — something he has not done in nearly six months. It’s still too soon to say when he will play again, but Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge saidrecently that he anticipates Bradley’s return to games being sometime in early January. And Doc Rivers said on Monday that when Bradley does return, it will most likely be as a starter with Courtney Lee returning to the role of being a key perimeter reserve along with Jason Terry. ‘That’s what he was when he left,’ Rivers said. ‘But he’ll have to earn that and get it. But I just think on paper, it looks better. But you have to wait and see once he gets back.’ The last thing Bradley is thinking about right now is whether he will start or come off the bench. Knowing he’s one step closer to actually playing in a game is all he’s concerned about. ‘I’m just excited,’ said Bradley who has been recovering this season from surgery to both of his shoulders. ‘Hopefully there are no setbacks and I have a good practice today.’”